Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Great Adventure

Anyone like an adventure? I don't mean on TV but in real life. Anyone like the excitement of getting just a little lost and then the joy and satisfaction (and relief) of finding your way again? I do. I love adventure. I like in movies, I like it in books and I love it in real life!

Jeremy and I are about to embark on a great adventure. Some of you might think we are crazy. That's OK. We are, but we also know we are in great Hands.

Big announcement: We're moving!

This moving involves the end of one season and the beginning of another. If you have a few minutes I'd love to tell you about it.

A couple months ago, Jeremy and I both began to sense that our times as a CARES Team was coming to an end. In the beginning we had committed to serve two years. At the two year mark we decided to just keep on keeping on. Soon after, God began working in both of us but we didn't know what the next step should be. We didn't feel like we were ready to buy a house, we didn't want to lease a house and we (I) really didn't want to move into another apartment. Quite the conundrum to be sure...

And then the phone rang (insert dramatic music here.) It was my ex-boss. I had done quite a bit of house/dog/kid sitting for him in the past. They were moving out of state but their house here hadn't sold. They didn't want it to just sit vacant and so he wanted to know if Jeremy and I would be willing to live in it until it sold. They didn't want to lease it out and take a chance on getting bad tenants. He said they knew us, trusted us and wanted us to live in their house. Our "rent" would be taking care of the house and yard and being willing to make the home available to show.

Now let me tell you friends, this is a beautiful house. From the first moment I stepped foot into this house I loved, loved, loved it! It is a dream house. A dream so big that it was/is completely out of reach for Jeremy and me. In our entire lives we would never be able to afford such a house. Every time I stayed there I would always say to myself and sometimes to others, "This house was meant for ministry." I would often tell Jeremy, "Do you know how many ways we could serve the LORD in this house?"

And lo and behold if the LORD has not landed this house in our lap.

Jeremy and I were stunned by the goodness of the LORD. What a blessing! What lovingkindness! What benevolence! What a sense of humor! If this is house is any indication of the grandeur of our forever homes we have a treat in store for us!

Now, we fully realize that we're also taking a chance here. This home is still for sale. We could be there for 2 months or 12 months. Only GOD knows. But this I do know, we'll be serving HIM diligently for as long as we are there using this blessing to bless as many people as we possibly can.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Always, Sometimes, Never

I stole this idea from numerous friends' blogs (Callie, Lesly, Wendy...) It just seemed like the thing to do so here's my list.

I always:
Sleep with makeup on (mainly from laziness rather than vanity)
Drink coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon
Do a whole week's worth of laundry in one day
Love rocking my baby
Kiss my husband goodbye in the morning
Hate putting gas in the car

I sometimes:
Procrastinate (this should really be, "I usually")
Wear my clothes more than once before washing them
Cook dinner
Nap in the afternoon when the baby naps
Wish I was more disciplined in exercise, eating healthy and studying

I never:
Have the house as clean as I would like it to be
Read all the books I aspire to read
Can read Jane Eyre too often
Read Jane Eyre as often as I like
Get enough of Jesus, chocolate or sleep

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Potty time!

William LOVES the bathroom! What man doesn't? He loves everything about it. He loves the tub, the bath toys, the mirror, the commode, the toilet paper, the cabinets and drawers, in short, everything. Here are a few photos of William enjoying his favorite room.

William had thrown his first toy into the commode.

And he was really happy about it.
And here he is getting into the cabinet. Did you notice the child-proofing device on the cabinet door? Yeah, not so effective... Also, be sure to notice the pile of toilet tissue on the floor. Wheee!

I hesitate to post this next set of photos. One is sometimes just unsure when momma pride crosses the line into TMI (too much information.) This may be one of those occasions but I'm going to post anyway.

Over the past few weeks, on several occasions William has awoken in the morning with a completely dry diaper. I had always heard that you know your child is ready to potty train when they go through the night without wetting their diaper. So, just for funsies, I decided to pull out our little potty and see how William reacted. The first time I put him on the potty he went number one. Now he goes potty on his potty about once a day usually in the morning.

I love this face. Its like he's saying, "Really, Mom? You're taking my picture?" His poor little feet don't even touch the floor.
"Okay, you can take my picture but I'm a little embarrassed."
"Yay! I did it!"

I'll save everyone the photographic evidence of the tee tee in the potty. :)